Trek To Jhomolhari Loop

12 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 192
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$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Discover the beautiful city of Paro and visit the magical Tiger’s Nest, and explore the ancient ruins of Drugyal and Ta Dzongs.
  • Trek through through Jigme Singye National Park and witness awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang.
  • Spot indigenous animals, like blue sheep and Takins, which are the national animals of Bhutan. 
  • Tour the town of Thimphu and visit the famous National Memorial Chorten, the Giant Buddha Sakyamuni and TashichhoDzong.
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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – PARO
    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar

    Meals: Lunch And Dinner

    Day 2 : TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGER’S NEST
    After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence your climb through beautiful pine forests. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, DorjiDrolo from KurtoeSingyeDzong in the east.
     
    If time permits (or can be done on previous day too), we will also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the RinpungDzong (which literally means “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. (Drugyal Dzong is under reconstruction so visitors are now allowed)
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 3 : PARO – GUZITSAWA VILLAGE – SHARNA ZAMPA (Distance 40min, 80m descent, camp altitude 2850m)
    The 7 day Jomolhari Loop trek begins today at Gunitsawa Village, where you pass the army post. At the army check post your trek permit will be checked and endorsed.  Following the Paro River, we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies.
     
    The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at SharnaZampa

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 4 : SHARNA ZAMPA – THANGTHANGKHA (Distance: 22km, 7-8hrs, 770m ascent, camp altitude 3610m)
    On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs following the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. After going uphill through the river valley, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow and closes in. You also pass a junction where another path leads north over the Tremola Pass to Tibet. Your camp will be set up in a meadow with a stone shelter. From here, if weather permits you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at Thangthangkha

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 5 : THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG (Distance: 19km, 5-6hrs, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4080m)
    If you did not see Mount Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning.  This morning the trek continues up the ParoChhu valley that widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks.  In this area, yaks and their herders’ homes become a regular feature of the landscape.  Passing the villages of Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day.
     
    After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at Jangothang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 6 : JANGOTHANG HALT
    The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.  There’s a good chance you may spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.
     
    Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization.  You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area.  There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at Jangothang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 7 : JANGOTHANG – SOI YAKTSA (Distance: 16km, 6-7hrs, 810m ascent, 1090m descent, camp altitude 3800m)
    The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the ParoChhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4380m), you will climb up, steeply, to Bhonte La pass at 4890m, the highest point of this trekking route.
     
    Reaching the DhumzoChhu River, you trek downstream passing the few houses of SoiYaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your campsite soon after.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at SoiYaktsa

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 8 : SOI YAKTSA – THOMBU SHONG (Distance: 11km, 4-5hrs, 720m ascent, 340m descent, and camp altitude 4180m)
    The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream. Then after crossing the Takhung La pass at 4,520m you descend to ThombuShong –  three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
     

    Accommodation: Camping in ThombuShong

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 9 : THOMBU SHONG – GUNITSAWA VILLAGE – THIMPHU (Distance: 13km, 4-5hrs, 200m ascent, 1650m descent)
    You will finally reach Gunitsawa Village where your transport will be waiting to drive you through to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (Approximately 2 hours).
    Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu
     

    Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 10 : THIMPHU – SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, we will drive you to Dodeyna to climb through a beautiful forest track to the Tango Monastery which overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains. Then we visit the National Memorial Choten built in honor of Bhutan’s late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck before visiting the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal.
    In the evening, visit TashichhoDzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body which includes the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). If you wish we can then visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs and other items in the shops of Thimphu.
     

    Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 11 : A DAY EXCURSION TO DOCHULA PASS – PARO
    Morning drive to town for shopping. Then drive to the Dochula Pass at 3150m for a photo stop and for tea, coffee etc and to enjoy a most spectacular view of the Himalayan snow capped mountains and a great view of GasaDzong at a distance.
     
    Lunch at the Dochula Pass.
     
    In the afternoon, drive to Paro and on the way visit SimtokhaDzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in the Kingdom. It was built in 1629 AD by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. It houses the largest monastic school in the country.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar

    Day 12 : PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    In the morning drive to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell.
     

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • Duration
    12 days
    Difficulty
    Difficult
    Primary Activities
    Trekking
    No. of travellers
    Min. 3
    Other Activities
    Culture and History
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Glamping

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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Mar to May $ 2,309 $ 192 per day
    High Season Sep to Nov $ 2,309 $ 192 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Trek Permits
  • Guide
  • Trekking crew (eg. cook and helpers)
  • Ponies for transferring equipment
  • Sleeping tents
  • Toilet tents
  • Dinning tents
 
Cost Excludes
  • Rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding horses
Day 1 : PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – PARO
Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro.
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar
Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Day 2 : TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGER’S NEST
After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence your climb through beautiful pine forests. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, DorjiDrolo from KurtoeSingyeDzong in the east.
 
If time permits (or can be done on previous day too), we will also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the RinpungDzong (which literally means “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. (Drugyal Dzong is under reconstruction so visitors are now allowed)
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 : PARO – GUZITSAWA VILLAGE – SHARNA ZAMPA (Distance 40min, 80m descent, camp altitude 2850m)
The 7 day Jomolhari Loop trek begins today at Gunitsawa Village, where you pass the army post. At the army check post your trek permit will be checked and endorsed.  Following the Paro River, we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies.
 
The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
 
Accommodation: Camping at SharnaZampa
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 : SHARNA ZAMPA – THANGTHANGKHA (Distance: 22km, 7-8hrs, 770m ascent, camp altitude 3610m)
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs following the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. After going uphill through the river valley, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow and closes in. You also pass a junction where another path leads north over the Tremola Pass to Tibet. Your camp will be set up in a meadow with a stone shelter. From here, if weather permits you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
 
Accommodation: Camping at Thangthangkha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 : THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG (Distance: 19km, 5-6hrs, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4080m)
If you did not see Mount Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning.  This morning the trek continues up the ParoChhu valley that widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks.  In this area, yaks and their herders’ homes become a regular feature of the landscape.  Passing the villages of Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day.
 
After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
 
Accommodation: Camping at Jangothang
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 : JANGOTHANG HALT
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.  There’s a good chance you may spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.
 
Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization.  You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area.  There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
 
Accommodation: Camping at Jangothang
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 : JANGOTHANG – SOI YAKTSA (Distance: 16km, 6-7hrs, 810m ascent, 1090m descent, camp altitude 3800m)
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the ParoChhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4380m), you will climb up, steeply, to Bhonte La pass at 4890m, the highest point of this trekking route.
 
Reaching the DhumzoChhu River, you trek downstream passing the few houses of SoiYaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your campsite soon after.
 
Accommodation: Camping at SoiYaktsa
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 : SOI YAKTSA – THOMBU SHONG (Distance: 11km, 4-5hrs, 720m ascent, 340m descent, and camp altitude 4180m)
The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream. Then after crossing the Takhung La pass at 4,520m you descend to ThombuShong –  three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
 
Accommodation: Camping in ThombuShong
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 9 : THOMBU SHONG – GUNITSAWA VILLAGE – THIMPHU (Distance: 13km, 4-5hrs, 200m ascent, 1650m descent)
You will finally reach Gunitsawa Village where your transport will be waiting to drive you through to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (Approximately 2 hours).
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu
 
Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 10 : THIMPHU – SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, we will drive you to Dodeyna to climb through a beautiful forest track to the Tango Monastery which overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains. Then we visit the National Memorial Choten built in honor of Bhutan’s late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck before visiting the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal.
In the evening, visit TashichhoDzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body which includes the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). If you wish we can then visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs and other items in the shops of Thimphu.
 
Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 11 : A DAY EXCURSION TO DOCHULA PASS – PARO
Morning drive to town for shopping. Then drive to the Dochula Pass at 3150m for a photo stop and for tea, coffee etc and to enjoy a most spectacular view of the Himalayan snow capped mountains and a great view of GasaDzong at a distance.
 
Lunch at the Dochula Pass.
 
In the afternoon, drive to Paro and on the way visit SimtokhaDzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in the Kingdom. It was built in 1629 AD by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. It houses the largest monastic school in the country.
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar
Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
 
Day 12 : PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
In the morning drive to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell.
 
Meals included: Breakfast
 

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Mar to May $ 2,309 $ 192 per day
High Season Sep to Nov $ 2,309 $ 192 per day
Months not available Dec to Feb ,
Months not available Jun to Aug
Cost Includes
  • Trek Permits
  • Guide
  • Trekking crew (eg. cook and helpers)
  • Ponies for transferring equipment
  • Sleeping tents
  • Toilet tents
  • Dinning tents
 
Cost Excludes
  • Rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding horses
Climate

The southern part of Bhutan is tropical and shares its border with the Indian plains. Eastern parts enjoy a warmer climate than the west. The central valley of Punakha, Wangdue, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntsi are semi tropical, with cool winters. Thimphu, Trongsa, Paro and Bumthang have pleasant summers and very cold winters with occasional snowfall blocking the passes leading into central Bhutan. The monsoon usually arrives in mid June till the end of August. From mid September, after the last rains, autumn arrives and is a best time for trekking, which last till end of November.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.
 
Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.
 

Physical Fitness/Skills

Should be moderately fit. 

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • A small personal medical kit has to be carried by clients, though we will be providing a larger medical kit to our guide.
  • A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is a good idea. If carrying syringes or needles, be sure to have a physician's letter documenting their medical necessity. If you have a heart condition, bring a copy of your ECG taken just before your trip. 
  • If you take any regular medication, bring twice the quantity, in case of loss or theft. You can't rely on many medications being available in pharmacies in Bhutan.
  • The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone less six days prior to entering Bhutan. If you are travelling to Bhutan from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.
 

Recommended Packing List
  • A quality sleeping bag
  • Waterproof gators
  • Sleeping mat for extra cushioning (eg. thermarest- a self inflating mat pack)
  • A headlamp torch and a normal torch (including spare batteries)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Towel
  • Quality footwear that has been previously worn in, warm clothing & wet weather gear.
  • Antiseptic hand gel 
 
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